Manchester United may have been hit by a “sophisticated” cyber attack on the club’s systems. However, despite suffering the attack from ‘organised cyber criminals,’ United are unaware of any personal data breaches of fans or customers as confirmed on Friday night.
The Ole Gunnar Solksjaer’s side who will be playing host to West Bromwich Albion at the theatre of dreams, Old Trafford on Saturday, have assured fans that there is yet to be a breach of personal data of their fans. Also, that the Premier League fixture will go ahead as planned because the attack has no direct impact on ‘critical systems’ needed for matches to be played..
According to an official statement by Manchester United, their media channels, the website as well as the official app are unaffected by the attack which seemed like a well coordinated one.
“The club has taken swift action to contain the attack and is working with expert advisers to investigate the incident,” said a club statement.
The club say “extensive protocols and procedures” are in place for such incidents and they had “rehearsed the risk”.
“Our cyber defences identified the attack and shut down affected systems to contain the damage and protect data,” the statement added.
“We are not currently aware of any breach of personal data associated with our fans and customers. All critical systems required for matches to take place at Old Trafford remain secure and operational.”
Manchester United have since informed the Information Commissioner’s Office and forensic tracing and investigation is currently being carried out in a bid to establish further detail about the attack.
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